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I'm using a Quantum with Garageband on a Mac, how to I get rid of the latency?

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asked Oct 11 in Thunderbolt - Quantum by benbutcher (150 points)
When using headphones to do vocal takes, I hear my vocals come back at me slightly after I say it, and out of time with the music. This is very off-putting.  How do I minimise this latency?

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answered Oct 18 by AlexTinsley (726,920 points)
 
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Adjust your buffer size inside your audio application. 

To adjust Latency in Studio One open up Song Preferences.

(Mac Users) Hold Command key and tap Comma key (Cmd+Comma) 

(Windows Users) Hold Control key and tap Comma key (Ctrl+Comma)

In the Audio Setup Tab, select where it says "Block Size". 

The buffer size is the set amount of latency allowed.  While every system and device has a certain amount of inherent latency, the buffer setting allows the user to minimize or maximize this amount.  In general, 512 samples or 11-12 milliseconds will provide optimal performance while not delaying the signal long enough to be detectable by the human ear.  As a rule of thumb: the higher the buffer size, the more stable a system will be; the lower the buffer size, the better the performance of VSTi’s, etc will be, but system stability will suffer.

Source: PreSonus Knowledge Base

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